Sugar Boat restaurant in Helensburgh gets green light for room conversion

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An APARTMENT above a restaurant in Helensburgh is expected to be converted into four residential bedrooms for rent after council chefs approve the plans.

Willart Ltd submitted plans for the installation at 31 Colquhoun Square, located above the Sugar Boat, at the end of April.

No objections were received from members of the public to the proposal, which should allow Sugar Boat guests to stay overnight.

Argyll and Bute council roads and environmental health officials also said they had no objections to the proposal.

A council planning officer said in a management report: “The existing property is a vacant duplex apartment (two floors), located above an existing restaurant.

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“The restaurateur has acquired the apartment above and wants to transform it into four rooms for rent.

“The single rooms will all be en suite and can be rented individually on a short-term basis. No independent facilities will be provided, with the exception of tea and coffee making facilities.

“It is envisaged that the existing restaurant will in theory become a ‘restaurant with rooms’ and the diners who come to dine will then have the possibility of spending the night.

“As the proposal is located in an action zone where the strategic objective is regeneration and improvement, this change of use would bring back a vacant property, located in a prominent location in the main town square, back in service and therefore would align with these goals.

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“When considering this proposed change in use, I considered a possible bad neighbor development (ADB Policy 1), however, as the property is detached (with the exception of the restaurant below which is owned by the same owner), it is considered that the proposal will not have a negative effect on the approval of local residents.

“Also, as the property is located in the city center, there is a level of noise and activity to be expected.

“Since the proposed location is in the city center and the regional environmental health manager is satisfied with the proposals, the development is considered to be in line with this policy. ”

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